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All Asian Cast Rocks This Gorgeous Rom-Com

Movies: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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‘Eighth Grade’ Gets It

Bo Burnham, writer-director of “Eighth Grade,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, has not forgotten one of the truths of adolescence: eighth grade can be excruciating.

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‘Black KkKlansman’ is Spike Lee’s Masterpiece

When Spike Lee says no one makes movies like he does, he is right. Messy, raw, audacious, didactic, his films always have something important to say, even if he often gets lost in the saying. Not so with “BlacKkKlansman,” Lee’s most important, and best, film in over a decade.

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Christopher Robin All Grown Up

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Poor old Winnie-the-Pooh. Last year “Goodbye, Christopher Robin” turned the stuffed bear’s story into a downer about the perils of stardom. Then there was the competition: That other stuffed bear, Paddington, wowed critics and audiences alike.

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Mamma Mia — Yes, Again

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So let’s get to what you really want to know about the weirdly schizophrenic sequel/prequel to the charming 2008 blockbuster film, “Mamma Mia!”
Does Meryl Streep appear? Yes and no (more later).
Does Cher appear? Yes, thank goodness, about 20 minutes before the movie ends. 
 Is it terrible? No, although it often seems so. Despite a muddle-headed script and some of the most ridiculous one-liners in recent film history, there is a kind of creaky charm about the whole enterprise.

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An Interview With the Director of ‘Love, Cecil’

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Father and Daughter Living Off The Grid

Movies: ‘Leave No Trace’

Eight years ago director Debra Granik gave us the bleak, haunting tale “Winter’s Bone,” set in the destitute Missouri Ozarks, that made Jennifer Lawrence a star. Now she has delivered “Leave No Trace,” which tells the story of a troubled veteran and his 13-year-old daughter living off the grid in the forests around Portland, Oregon. But do not let this trigger any anxiety; this is a loving and protective  family unit determined to stay together as long as possible. How that does and doesn’t work out gives the film its drama.

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Sequel Even Better Than the Original

Movies: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

For movie producers and distributors, sequels are a sure thing. Bean counters can pretty much depend on a second movie bringing in nearly as much money as the first one did, and maybe even more.
For moviegoers, though, sequels are a mixed bag at best. Some series experience a slow (or not-so-slow) decline in imagination, care, and talent until they finally peter out into insignificance.
With other series, the makers try to up the ante from installment to installment, which results in more action, more explosions, and less real thought in each succeeding chapter.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Was Worth the Wait

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We waited for over 10 years. But it was worth it.
“The Incredibles 2” picks up right where the first movie left off; the Incredibles have just witnessed a villain emerge, literally, from underground.. But as they squabble over who gets to help save the day and who has to stay with baby Jack-Jack (who has his own alarmingly unpredictable powers, and none of them knows yet,) the plan goes awry, and the enemy gets away. 

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If You Need a Hug, This Film Is for You

Movies: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

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